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Ian McCall fortunately making more than 9k per fight

(Food, iPhone, bling … see, he’s doin fine)

A lot of the more legit athletic commissions across America still report salary numbers for MMA fighters, a tradition we inherited from boxing in an attempt to give fighters a little transparency into who makes what. It seems a little pointless now since the salaries disclosed to commissions have very little to do with how much money an athlete actually makes.

The 200k paid to Anderson Silva? Didn’t include the millions of dollars he made off his cut of PPV sales. And the 9k flyweight contender Ian McCall made in his rematch against Demetrious Johnson? Also nowhere near how much McCall actually made. Here’s Ian on the Underground Forums defending the UFC from people bitching about how little he was paid:

Dana says he doesn’t like to give out real numbers, which is def. the truth cause i came on here and saw people saying things like i shoulda got paid more even though i lost but i headlined the card..

i did, dana sent me an extra 25k right after the fight plus i got main event sponsor money haha

the UFC pays you to do your job, if you do it than you get paid good.. in my UFC debut i made over 80,000… thats a lot of money for a division half the MMA community didn’t know existed!!

i love all of you guys, most of you know my life story, i just wanted you to know that i get taken care of by the UFC real well, ESPECIALLY when it comes to $!

All i gotta do now is beat the crap out of someone and move forward and start making anderson moneyyy !!!!!!! :)

It’s nice to know McCall was taken care of but the downside is it sounds like a lot of guys are stuck relying on the UFC throwing them  fat locker room bonuses or hitting the bonus award jackpot. From McCall’s first UFC fight, 50k of the 80k he says he made was from a Fight of the Night bonus. Great if you hit it, but what if you don’t? 30k per fight might sound pretty good, until you factor in how much a UFC-caliber training camp costs.

While it’s kinda strange that commissions allow the UFC to basically hide half the payments they’re making, it’s good to know that extra cash seems to be flowing freely. Here’s hoping there’s enough of it locked in via contract that guys don’t have to rely on Zuffa generosity from fight to fight to make enough to live comfortably.

  • Reverend Clint

    maybe the UFC should subsidize training to a degree with stipulations about supplement mistakes and shitty game plans. Imagine if the UFC sponsored the camp/training center. It would help not only the training center but the ufc since im sure its expensive to open a brand new UFC Training Center.

  • Letibleu

  • TheFecalFilanthropist

    It is a shame to be stuck on arbitrary status for getting paid.

    But nobody knew who McCall was when he signed his last contract.

    They do now, and so now he has leverage when he resigns to get some money guaranteed to him.

    Almost every job starts you out at the minimum during the probation period, especially if your not coming in with a loaded resume, while they gauge what you’re worth.

    There is nothing unusual about it.

    I suppose Football and shit do throw a lot of money at unproven rookies sometimes, but thats much bigger pimping and more then a little twisted.

  • drunkenjunk

    I like this. You have a good fight, sub or ko someone and you get nice side bonuses. I bet Fitch has never gotten one except when GSP kicked his ass.

  • agentsmith

    I dig that he looks like the kind of hipster douche that would shit his vintage skinny jeans at the first hint of a fight, but he’s like top 5 in the world.

  • zegrapplez

    man. Ian McCall is a f’ing HIPSTER.

  • Reverend Clint

    top 5? out of what 5?

  • Letibleu

    5……. foot.

  • Reverend Clint

    this dude looks greasy enough to supply Popeye’s Fried Chicken… take a fucking shower you hipster douche.

  • frickshun

    You are all mad b/c you’re too fat to be hipsters. I on the other hand am rocking brown cutoff corduroy shorts & a very soft heather green v-neck @ the moment.